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A daily spring preview of every football program in Hillsborough County:
Coach: Bob Dare (second year at Cambridge, 22nd year overall, 117-98)
Last season: 4-6
District: Class B, District 5
Key losses: RB/LB Chris Brown, OL/LB Martin Brown, OL/LB Ryan Lucht
Who’s back: QB/LB Hayden Kelley, QB/DB Michael McDermott, RB/LB Brandon Park, WR/DB Robbie Robertson, WR/DB Damarcus Fasion, RB/LB Daniel Hamilton, RB/DB Taylor Mitchell, LB/DL Matt Bass
What’s new: This is Dare’s first spring practice at Cambridge, as he was hired last June to replace John Kelly. And he has a good group of returning players. Cambridge loses its leading rusher in Brown (937 yards, eight TDs), but returns the quarterback tandem of Kelley and McDermott, though Kelley, who played three-fourths of last season with a cast on his nonthrowing hand, is absent from spring practice because the Lancers baseball team is playing in the postseason. Dare, who runs a lot of shotgun, one-back formation, is excited about using rising junior Hamilton, the team’s leading tackler last year with 13.4 stops a game, at running back for the first time. And rising junior Fasion, the team’s third-leading receiver, has impressive size (6-5, 180 pounds) and hands to have breakout year. Still, Dare said about eight or nine players will have to play on both sides of the ball. “We don’t have a lot of depth, and filling an offensive line is always a challenge,” Dare said. The Lancers will play their home games next year at Skyway Park after previously calling Jefferson their home field.
Audible: “Most of our guys coming back are juniors and sophomores, and we have a couple other guys coming into the program who we are excited about. We don’t have a lot of numbers, but I feel we made a lot of progress last year and we’re hoping to build on some of that success.” — Dare
Did you know? Numbers are always an issue at the smaller private schools, but this is the first year Cambridge has spring middle school football, and 40 kids came out to play.
Spring game: May 22 vs. Northside Christian at Skyway Park, 7:30 p.m.
Sept 3 vs. Carrollwood Day
Sept. 10 at Seffner Christian
Sept. 17 vs. Bradenton Christian
Sept. 24 vs. Keswick Christian
Oct. 1 vs. Calvary Christian
Oct. 8 at Santa Fe Catholic
Oct. 15 at Indian Rocks Christian
Oct. 22 vs. Admiral Farragut
Oct. 29 at Canterbury
Nov. 5 at Lakeland Victory Christian